Urban Farming

By Susan Littlefield

Trees aren't the only plants to grow in the city. As the interest in healthy eating, local foods, and sustainable agriculture grows, we see not only more and more home food gardening in city backyards, rooftops, and community gardens, but an explosion of interest in urban farming as well. From rooftop farms to aquaponics (raising fish and plants together in a mutually beneficial system) to reclaimed vacant lots, innovative urban farmers are pushing the boundaries of agriculture in new and exciting ways, enhancing the urban environment, and providing sustainably produced food in the process.

If the possibilities of city-grown food excite you, find out about what's on the cutting edge of urban farming at the Sustainable Cities Collective website. Billed as ″the world's best thinkers on the urban future,″ this site aggregates posts from a number of sources on a wide range of issues relating to cities, including a section on urban farming. Read about the exciting things happening in urban agriculture in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the unused Chicago warehouse that's become a net-zero urban farm, or the plans for the world's largest rooftop farm in the Bronx.

From front yard food gardens to large scale commercial ventures, growing food in cities is the wave of the future. To keep up with its latest developments, go to: Sustainable Cities Collective.

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